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Personal Finance Daily: Parents are spending hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars decorating their children’s college dorm rooms and these dating app features could save lives

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Baltimore stakes its claim — as a booze town

Baltimore Spirits Company offers a unique take on an Italian spirit.

These ‘honors’ colleges give you the best bang for your buck

Smaller, selective colleges connected to state universities provide a great education at a bargain price.

These dating app features could save lives

Tinder’s new ‘Traveler Alert’ feature aims to protect users when traveling to other countries, and other apps like Grindr are promoting safety abroad.

A study of 394,000 people warns this is when teenagers are most likely to try drugs

Parents should be wise to what can trigger such risky behavior, according to research by the NYU School of Medicine.

People are spending $500 a month to avoid their co-workers

Some people with desk jobs are sick and tired of their colleagues, but their solutions could cost them promotions and raises.

People are willing pay a hefty premium for ‘locally sourced’ food, but sometimes it’s made thousands of miles away

‘No one is policing them, and there aren’t any regulations to prevent it.’

Here’s where the 2020 presidential candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, stand on affordable housing

‘California, perhaps the epicenter of unaffordable housing, is scheduled to have its primary earlier than in past election cycles.’

I have driven 2 hours to visit my elderly parents twice a week for 10 years — shouldn’t I receive compensation?

‘I’ve spent the equivalent of three years of 40-hour work weeks visiting our parents, running errands and commuting.’

Should I accept my father’s offer to pay $280K for medical school? He wants to withdraw money from his IRAs and 401(k)

‘I am worried that if he pays for my tuition, he will not be able to retire comfortably.’

Parents are spending hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars decorating their children’s college dorm rooms

Some students have paid interior designers $2,000 to create dorm rooms with color-coordinated rugs and ottomans.

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American democracy should represent only American citizens, period

Change the apportionment of seats to the House of Representatives from being based on the number of persons in a state (citizens plus non-citizens) to the number of citizens alone, writes James Campbell.

‘Left behind’ Americans start to catch up as strong labor market boosts job prospects

Helping poorer Americans who were ‘left behind’ after the last recession was one of the chief goals cited by Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell this week when the central bank cut interest rates. Evidently the Fed is succeeding.

The aggressive fundraising and spending of the Democratic presidential hopefuls — in one chart

As the 2020 White House race sparks massive fundraising and spending by the crowded Democratic field, every presidential campaign’s financial situation is being closely watched as a measure of its viability.

Trump threat to raise Chinese tariffs putting pressure on Fed to cut interest rates again

President Trump has been agitating for the Federal Reserve to push interest rates even lower. His latest gambit to extend tariffs to all Chinese imports might just do the trick.

Jobs report gets a ‘gentlemen’s C’ as growth slows

Here are some early comments from economists on the July U.S. employment report, which showed 164,000 jobs created in the month and unemployment holding steady at 3.7%, just above a 50-year low.